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Advances in Treatment of Cataracts

Cataracts occur when the eye's lens becomes cloudy and obstructs the passage of light to the retina. These obstructions can lead to vision loss. //....Cataract is a major cause of blindness in India. Modern corrective surgery requires implantation of artificial lenses, however these implants often leave patients dependent on eyeglasses. But now, a recent study at Harvard Medical School has shown...

More to Garlic than warding of Dracula

Appropriate usage of allium derivatives from garlic may potentially play a role in the maintenance of optimal cardiac function, according to a review published in a recent issue of Nutrition in Clinical Care. The researchers looked at studies investigating the effect of garlic on risk factors for heart disease. Several studies suggest that garlic may lower total cholesterol, LDL ("bad") ..cholest...

Another injectable contraceptive Pill approved by FDA

Lunelle-a monthly injectable contraceptive pill has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration in USA... ..It is more than 99 percent effective when women get the shot once every month according to the company release marketing the pill... ..Lunelle is an alternative to another injectable contraceptive called Depo-Provera that lasts three months. It works Like many other birth control pill...

Miracle cure for Alzheimer’s around the corner

Alzheimer’s Disease, one of the most common and perhaps the most dreadful kind of Dementia, where there is degeneration of the brain tissue, might at last have the much awaited miracle cure round the corner. If proven successful it would be an enormous breakt...

Crowning glory of 2000!!! Cracking of the genetic code is top of tops

With the New Year elbowing out the old year it is time to reflect on the good old year and all the research work of 2000. And when we do that the first and foremost medical breakthrough, which comes to our mind, is the cracking of the genetic code. Almost all the top ten lists released by every one connected with the world of medicine features this remarkable feat in a prominent place and a major...

Contraceptives via Internet

In an alarming revelation it is now possible for anyone to buy contraceptives via Internet. Sometimes these contraceptives have major contraindications and side effects and in most cases these are not available over the counter but surprisingly these are now available through the Internet. However it takes up to two weeks for the delivery of these contraceptives after placing an order through the...

Frozen Canadian baby stages miraculous recovery

.. .. The temperature outside was –24 degree Celsius and the baby was frozen stiff when she was brought to the hospital that doctors had difficulties...

Oracle Corp. to help build world's first "Digital Hospital"

Oracle Corp. and Health South Corp. together will build the worlds first "all digital hospital", according to a release on Monday, issued by the out patient surgical rehabilitation chain. The digital hospital will feature inpatient beds with display screens connected to the Internet, electronic medical records storage, digital imaging and a wireless communications network permitting doctors and o...

Chinese paracetamol may be slapped with dumping duty

The Directorate of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties, under the ministry of commerce and industry, has recommended provisional anti-dumping duties on paracetamol from China and Taiwan. This followed an investigation against imports of the commonly used drug on basis of a petition filed by three domestic companies - Hyderabad-based Triton Laboratories and Sri Krishna Pharmaceuticals; Solapur based Va...

Paracetamol May Cause Live Damage Warns Consumer Education and Research Centre

The Consumer Education and Research Centre (CERC) in Ahmedabad has alerted the Drug Control General of India against the excessive use of paracetamol. CERC says that the commonly use drug might cause potential liver damage and might lead on to liver failure. ..CERC Secretary Ashwini Kumar warns that consumers must be aware of the potential hazards of paracetamol more so because it is being marke...

Distraction therapy found very effective in postoperative patients

Controlling pain in patients following surgeries has been effectively taken care of by a new therapy called distraction therapy. Doctors at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in the US have distracted patients with images and sounds from nature and have successfully controlled pain in patients following a painful procedure called bronchoscopy, which involves inserting the tube into the nose...

Regular exercise prevents hip fractures

According to a report in the recent issue of the American Journal of Epidemology, moderate levels of physical activity can help protect against a hip fracture. According to Dr. Susanne Hoidrup from Glostrup University Hospital, Glostrup, Denmark, and colleagues, when people undergo the aging process, regular physical activity should become an essential part of everyone's life, in order to control...

Prevention of cataracts

A new study provides further evidence that nutrient antioxidants play a role in the prevention of cataracts. ....Researchers from Tufts University studied more than 575 women ages 53 to 77 from the Nurses' Health Study. The women did not have diabetes nor did they have previously diagnosed cataracts. During a 15-year period, the women answered questionnaires about their food intake.// They were...

'Prozac miracle' could end in disaster

A major lawsuit has been launched against the British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline on behalf of a group of people who say they became chronically addicted to an antidepressant drug in the same class as Prozac. The case, which has been filed in California, is the first ever to claim damages for addiction against one of the drug companies that have made billions from SSRIs (selective seroto...

Male contraceptive in trial

Doctors from England are trialling the first long-acting male contraceptive which stops the production of sperm.The drug, which is injected every three months, is a combination of hormones. ....In the trial, men are injected with a dose of progesterone, then a pellet of the male hormone testosterone is placed under the skin in the abdomen.Study coordinator Professor David Chater from the Royal Ki...

Tracing oesophagal cancer

A new technique for checking the spread of cancer of the oesophagus may improve the outcome of the disease. Cancer of the oesophagus - the tube leading from the throat to the stomach - affects 5000 people a year in the UK, making it the eighth most common cancer. The main problem is spread of the cancer through the lymph glands. But it is hard for doctors to know which gland close to the oesophag...

Hormone contraceptives lead to bone problems

New research confirms that the main ingredient in the -- depo medroxyprogesterone acetate or DMPA -- can cause significant bone loss when used long term. The younger you are when you begin using this contraceptive, the greater your risk of bone-related problems later in life. // ....From the time we are born, well into middle age, our bone mass is constantly breaking down and re-building, usua...

FDA Approves Contraceptive Ring

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the first hormone-releasing contraceptive implant. NuvaRing, sold by Organon, Inc., effectively blocks conception between 98 percent and 99 percent of the time -- meaning that for every 100 women who use it for a year, only one or two will become pregnant, the FDA says. That rate is similar to both the birth control pill and the yet-unapproved co...

Contraceptives decreases Libido

Women taking the contraceptive pill may find themselves less responsive to the very smells which attract them to men, say researchers. The study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, measured the ability of women to detect distinctive smells such as musk - while taking and not taking the Pill. ....They found that women who were not taking the Pill experienced rises and falls in their abi...

Contraceptives have dual effects

Women using the oral contraceptive pill could be up to 30% less likely to develop bowel cancer, research suggests. ..Researchers believe that over the last 20 years, mortality rates for bowel cancer have dropped more in women than in men because of hormones found in the Pill. ....Researchers believe the protective benefits of the Pill are due to the way oestrogen - a female sex hormone - works in...

The phenomenon of sexual attraction

Romance has long been described as a process of bewitchment, but scientists have found that there may be more truth to this than meets the eye. They say female chemical messengers known as pheromones may help dupe men into thinking plain women are more attractive and beautiful women are less attractive than they actually are.// ....Pheromones - the colourless, odourless chemical signals given of...

Drugs For Anthrax May Interfere With Oral Contraceptives

Women taking birth control pills should be mindful of the possible interaction between oral contraceptives and the medications recommended by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to treat anthrax. The CDC recently recommended that antibiotic and anti-infective medications, such as Cipro, doxycycline, and penicillin, be used to treat those believed to have been exposed to a...

Common contraception

A unique protein that only occurs in sperm could be the key to a new contraceptive for both men and women.The protein, named CatSper, is an ion channel protein that controls the flow of calcium into sperm tails. Calcium is crucial in enabling sperm to swim, so a drug designed to block the channel would immobilise sperm and prevent fertilisation. ....The discovery is reported in this week's Nature...

A new contraceptive

A unique protein that only occurs in sperm could be the key to a new contraceptive for both ....the sexes.The protein, named CatSper, is an ion channel protein that controls the flow of ....calcium into sperm tails. Calcium is crucial in enabling sperm to swim, so a drug designed to ....block the channel would immobilise sperm and prevent fertilisation. ....The discovery is reported by Dr David...

'Disprin Plus' is now 'Disprin Paracetamol'

Reckitt Benckiser has deferred the launch of 'Disprin CV' (cardiovascular) following the confusion over the name of its new painkiller 'Disprin Plus', the company's Regional Director , Mr. Pranab Barua said. The company also announced a change in the brand-name 'Disprin Plus' to 'Disprin Paracetamol'. Subsequent to the launch of Disprin Plus, there were reports citing instances of concern from do...

Miraculous Salads

Onions, garlic and a range of other salad goods may help reduce the risk of osteoporosis - the crippling bone disease that affects one in three women, usually after the menopause. Reported researchers at the University of Bern in Switzerland who conducted experiments on rats.// ....They said that 1g of onion a day can help prevent the process that causes the condition - resorption, where calciu...

Artificial lenses- Boon to cataract patients

A lens implant that can change focus like a natural lens promises to make cataract patients’ eyesight almost as good as it was when they were young.The device, which is being developed by Jin-Hui Shen, an ophthalmologist at Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee, contains six overlapping lenses.// ....As the muscles in the eye relax, the overlap increases, allowing pat...

Excess vitamin A increases fracture risk

According to a new study long-term intake of a diet high in retinol or vitamin A may increase the risk of osteoporotic hip fracture. Any vitamin or mineral taken in adequately is good for health. Excess or less quantities of the nutrients is not good and ineffective.// We tend to think that vitamins are good for us - but that's not always the case, particularly when one component is taken in exce...

High vitamin A increases risk of hip fractures

Too much vitamin A may increase the risk of hip fractures in older women. Vitamin A is important for such things as healthy skin and hair and bone growth.// Researchers found that women with the highest total intake - both from food and vitamin supplements - had double the risk of hip fractures compared with women with the lowest intake. ....One theory is that too much vitamin A inhibits the abi...

Vitamin C to put off cataract

Cataracts is a disorder of the eye where cells in the lens of the eye become cloudy. It mostly affects people over 60 years of age.A new study states that eating a diet rich in Vitamin C could ward off cataarcts.// ....Researchers from the department of Clinical Nutrition looked at nearly 400 people aged between 53 and 73.They gave detailed information about their diet, and any vitamin supplement...

Contraceptive pill to reduce PMS

A new contraceptive pill could help to reduce the symptoms of pre-menstrual syndrome, it could also reduce a woman's monthly periods to just four a year. US researchers have almost completed trials of the pill.// ....The new pill is a combination of two commonly used hormones already available in various dosages in oral contraceptives. Women have to take it for 84 consecutive days and then ski...

Fluoride proves effective against fractures

Sustained-release sodium fluoride in combination with calcium citrate and vitamin D can safely reduce the risk of fractures and increase spinal bone mass in older women with osteoporosis,// a recent study from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center concluded. ....Our study showed that this combination of therapy safely reduces the risk for fractures by stimulating new bone formation...

Hyperactivity Drug Can Be Added to Food

According to a small study at the University of Texas, a medication commonly used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may be safely taken in powder form without compromising any of its beneficial effects. ....According to researchers, Metadate, a once-daily treatment for ADHD, may be taken by sprinkling the contents of the capsule onto food.// And because the drug provides a...

Hyperactivity disorder a biological malfunction

Children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder - ADHD - have underactive parts of the brain which deal with decision-making, thinking and planning. The abnormality was revealed by a magnetic scanning device// which enabled researchers to look at the brains of children without harming them from radioactivity. Eric Taylor, Professor of Child Psychiatry at the Medical Research Council, said...

Men happy to take contraception

According to researchers, Australian men's attitudes to hormonal contraception has found that an overwhelming majority would be prepared to shoulder the responsibility. The researchers, from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Monash Medical Centre, asked the male partners //of women who had recently given birth what contraceptives they used and how they felt about a male contrace...

BRAC2 mutations is also linked with cancers in men

Dutch researchers have published the results of their work linking mutations in BRAC2 gene leading to development of cancers in men, which was published in the Journal of Medical Ethics. //Mutations in BRAC2 gene which was found to cause development of breast and ovarian cancer in women has now found to increase the risk of development of pancreatic and prostate cancers in men. The results of the...

Good News For Cataract Patients

If you have a cataract, walk into the doctor's clinic, get a surgery and walk out in less than an hour to resume normal work.// ..Microphakonit, an innovation in cataract surgery by Chennai-based doctor Amar Agarwal, not only takes a few minutes to perform but also promises to also allow patients to resume regular activities almost immediately afterwards. ....The new technique was demonstrated a...

Slowing Cartilage Loss In Arthritis With Fruit Extracts

A new study shows that extracts from the fruit Pomegranate have been shown to block enzymes that contribute to cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis.// Although findings are still at a preliminary stage and not yet proven in humans it is likely to encourage further consumption of pomegranate juice say researchers. ..A team of researchers from the Case Western Reserve University found that a w...

Miracle Baby Boy from a Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta, Mother

Calif : A woman who is just three feet tall and 37 pound in weight prior to pregnancy, has delivered a healthy baby boy. This baby is her first child. // ..Eloysa Vasquez, confined to a wheel chair because of Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta , a disorder that has rendered her bones soft and brittle . She has had two miscarriages as well. ..During the pregnancy, Vasquez gained 20 pounds . Her bab...

Wake Up Call: U.N Takes Stock to Curb Fake Medicines Racket

The Counterfeit Medicines Racket is growing at alarming proportions. The United Nations has risen to the occasion, driving a // world wide initiative , by way of a task force team that would strive to put an end to the sale of counterfeit drugs. A three day meeting is underway in Rome, starting today, February 16th, where all the key players - Pharamaceutical companies, Regulatory bodies and gro...
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